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10/01/2021 - 10/02/2021 | Leipzig

Layers of Diasporic Belonging

(Re)Evaluating Armenianness in Historical, Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives

The German-English language book series »Armenier im östlichen Europa – Armenians in Eastern Europe« presents research outcomes on the Armenian and its diaspora’s history and culture in Eastern Europe and makes research literature and sources, which until now have only been available in few languages, accessible to the larger interested scholarly


Friday, October 1

15:00 – 15:30
Stefan Troebst (Berlin/Leipzig)

Opening Remarks
Hakob Matevosyan (Leipzig)
Vahe Sahakyan (Ann Arbor)


15:30 – 17:00
Panel I. Diasporic Belongings, Discourses and Practices

Chair: Bálint Kovács

Nelli Sargsyan (Boston)
Diasporic Armenian Belonging as Always Already Queer and Multiple

Nanor Karageozian (Beirut)
Armenians in Lebanon: Nuancing Diasporic Identities and Belongings

Alexandr Osipian (Berlin)
Discourses and Practices of Belonging in Armenian Communities in Pre-Modern East-Central Europe



17:00 – 17:15 Break


17:15 – 18:15
Panel II. Literary Expressions and Dynamics within Diaspora

Chair: Nare Galstyan

Karen Jallatyan (Budapest/Leipzig)
Armenian Literary, Intellectual Life in East-Central and Eastern Europe

Rubina Peroomian (Los Angeles)
Armenian-American or American with Armenian Roots? The Post-Genocide
Conditions and Circumstances in America and the Dynamics of Identity



18:15 – 19:00 Break


19:00 – 20:30
Panel III. (Re)Evaluating Dispersion and Diaspora

Chair: Sirarpi Movsisyan

Konrad Siekierski (London)
Living in Homeland, Being in Diaspora: Ergirian Community in Armenia

Tsypylma Darieva (Berlin)
“Get Rooted!” A Second and Later Generation Transnationalism among Global

Juergen Heyde (Leipzig)
Diaspora or Dispersion? Armenian Narratives of History and Belonging
in Early Modern Poland



Saturday, October 2

15:00 – 16:30.

Panel IV. Armenian Diversities: Roots, Migration Routes, and Practices
Chair: Vahe Sahakyan

Sirarpi Movsisyan (Leipzig)
Similar but Dangerously Different: Unpacking Belonging among the Armenians in

Nare Galstyan (Yerevan/Los Angeles)
Diversity and Unity in Diaspora: “Newcomers” and “Diasporic Armenians” in the

Viktorya Abrahamyan (Neuchâtel)
Defining Armenianness, Overcoming Diversity: The Case of Armenian Refugees in
Syria, 1918-1932



16:30 – 16:45 Break


16:45 – 18:15

Panel V. Diaspora Identities within and beyond Ethnicity

Chair: Hakob Matevosyan

Anahit Kartashyan (Saint Petersburg)
Between Home and Homeland: Construction of Armenian Identity in the 19th Century Polis (Istanbul)

Bálint Kovács (Budapest/Halle)
The Multiple Role of Armenian (Diasporic) Organisations in Transylvania and Budapest until 1950

Bhaswati Bhattacharya (Göttingen)

Lost in the Diaspora? Armenian Indian Identity in Late Colonial and Post-Colonial India



18:45 – 19:15 Break


19:15 – 20:45
Panel VI. Profiling Diasporas

Chair: Uta Koschmieder

Alla Manukyan (Des Moines)
The Armenian Diaspora in the US: The Demographic and Socioeconomic Profile

René Bekius (Amsterdam)
The Armenian Diaspora in 17th and 18th Century Amsterdam: Hostland Links, Waterways to Heartlands, Shaping Past and Future

Nelida Boulgourdjian and Khatchik DerGhougassian (Buenos Aires)
“El Sur (Armenio) También Existe”: Being an (Argentine) Armenian in the (Southern) Periphery of the Diaspora



20:45 – 21:00
Closing Remarks
Hakob Matevosyan (Leipzig)
Vahe Sahakyan (Ann Arbor)
Stefan Troebst (Berlin/Leipzig)


Concept and Coordination
Hakob Matevosyan, Vahe Sahakyan, Stefan Troebst

Hakob Matevosyan (GWZO, »Department Knowledge Transfer and Networking«)
In collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) and The Department
of Armenian Studies at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest)


The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe
(GWZO) carries out comparative historical and cultural research on the
region bordering the Baltic, the Black, and the Adriatic Seas from the Early
Middle Ages to the present. Currently, around 50 scholars from Germany
and abroad conduct their research at the Institute representing various
disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Information on participating / attending:
This is an online event. If you wish to participate, please contact us for registration at


10/01/2021 15:00 - 10/02/2021 21:00

Event venue:

04109 Leipzig

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students



Subject areas:

Cultural sciences, History / archaeology, Language / literature, Politics, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Virginie Michaels


Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

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